March 21, 2011 (40th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Claude Bachand (Interjection)

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Claude Bachand

Mr. Speaker, again, the hon. member is right. This is a common law issue.
The Conservative Party tends to make mountains out of molehills and ends up putting otherwise minor offences into the Criminal Code. That is what I would call rigid Conservative philosophy and Republican-style justice. It is not the answer. It is not necessary for this individual to be punished under the Criminal Code. On the contrary, the common law applies. However, the Conservative Party tends to twist common law matters into criminal law matters. I think this will create a society where things are not quite right. Hon. members are here to try to create balanced bills that resolve problems without making them worse.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act
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